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Standing laparoscopically-aided ovariectomy in mares : clinical communication

R.D. Gottschalk, S.S. Van den Berg
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 68, No 3 | a885 | DOI: | © 1997 R.D. Gottschalk, S.S. Van den Berg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 July 1997 | Published: 13 July 1997

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Bilateral ovariectomy was performed in 11 mares and unilateral ovariectomy in 2 mares. The horses were standing and sedated for surgery. After appropriate preparation, a laparoscope was inserted into the abdomen through the paralumbar fossa and the ovary was identified and anaesthetised with local anaesthetic via a custom-built needle. The ovary was then withdrawn from the abdomen through a separate flank incision and removed. The abdomen was not distended with gas before surgery. This method proved to be minimally invasive, rapid and effective.


Laparoscope; Mare; Ovariectomy; Surgery


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